Best Newborn Baby Books

A collection of the best newborn infant books to start reading to your child. Enjoy quality time with your little one with these engaging books.


1. Hello, Bugs

hello bugsby Smriti Prasadam

A charming introduction to ten beautiful little bugs, featuring high contrast black-and-white patterns. A glittering burst of colored foil brings a vivid splash of color to every page. With first words to join in with, this stunning book will captivate sparkly little babies everywhere!


2. Hello, BABY ANIMALS

hello baby animalsby Duopress

Making connections between images on a page and the real world is an important building block for your baby’s communication skills—and this charming introduction to ten baby animals, paired with friendly greetings and bold, basic patterns, provides a great high-contrast experience for young developing eyes. As newborns’ vision is not developed enough to recognize colors, severe black-and-white contrast of patterns and images allow their eyes to differentiate between what they’re seeing. Sure to grab little ones’ attention!


3. Lamaze Peek-A-Boo Forest

peek a boo forestby Lamaze

Peek-a-Boo Forest is an interactive soft book that allows your little explorer to learn about different animals that live in the forest. Each durable page has soft peek-a-boo flaps that are easy for little fingers to open and close, promoting hand-eye coordination. Bright colors, multiple textures and surprise crinkles encourage exploration.


4. TummyTime®: Happy Baby

happy babyby Duopress

This small and sturdy accordion book opens up to stand alone in a crib, on the carpet, or on a bed, making it easy for your baby to enjoy tummy time, all the time. One side features vibrantly illustrated smiling babies and other cheerful images and the opposite side is in high-contrast black and white patterns, perfect for baby’s developing eyes. And with two reflective pages your baby can see him- or herself and practice those future smiles!


5. Look, Look!

Look lookby Pether Linenthal

Look, look! Children run, fish swim, stars shine . . . all for baby’s eyes to see. This sturdy board book, full of high-contrast black-and-white cut-paper art perfect for staring at, is just the thing for the eyes of the youngest babies. A few words in curving red type on each spread describe the scenes — a car races, a cat stretches, flowers bloom– and extend the book’s age appeal so that it will be fascinating to older babies, too. Striking and stylish, Look Look! is the ideal first board book for babies just beginning to look and learn. Peter Linenthal is an illustrator who has taught art in elementary schools for twenty years.


6. Baby Einstein Primary Pages High Contrast Book

baby einstein primary pages high contrast bookby Baby Einstein

Within the soft pages of Baby Einstein’s Primary Pages baby book is a whole world of textures, colors and patterns for baby to discover. Babies see high-contrast objects best, so this black, white and bright book is made to capture your newborn’s eye and attention. Smiling black-and-white Baby Einstein characters will encourage your baby to focus on the soft book. Made with stimulating textures like vinyl overlays and plush fabric, your little bookworm will love to touch and turn each page. And with a carrier clip, you can make sure her favorite story is only the flip of a page away.


7. Baby Animals Black and White

baby animals black and whiteby Phyllis Limbacher Tildes

This charming, best-selling board book introduces eight adorable baby animals, featuring high-contrast black-and-white illustrations perfect for babies from birth to age two.
Research has shown that infants respond more readily to contrasting black and white images, making this book an ideal choice for the youngest of eyes. Up-close images of a playful Dalmatian puppy, a cuddly panda cub, a striped zebra, and other loveable animals grace each page. A final two-page spread completes this charming book with a clever surprise.


8. Black & White Board Book

black & whiteby Tana Hoban

From the eminent photographer and acclaimed book creator Tana Hoban, this bestselling accordion-style foldout book is sturdy enough to stand by itself and features fourteen bold black-and-white high-contrast images to engage babies and very young children.

Tana Hoban’s books are beloved by teachers, librarians, parents, and readers. A perfect gift for new parents and babies.


9. Look at the Animals

look at the animalsby Pether Linenthal

Birds sing, zebras run, and whales spout in this delightful follow-up to Look Look!, which has sold nearly 50,000 copies. Bold, black-and-white illustrations offer the clean shapes and strong contrasts best suited to young babies’ developing minds.The warm, simple text makes this a perfect first book for sharing with a little one who’s just beginning to look and learn. An ideal shower gift that’s sure to become a favorite with baby.


10. Hello, Ocean Friends: A High-Contrast Book

hello ocean friendsby Duopress

Making connections between images on a page and the real world is an important building block for your baby’s communication skills—and this charming introduction to ocean creatures, paired with friendly text and bold, basic patterns, provides an important high-contrast experience for young developing eyes.


11. Taf Toys Koala Infant Tummy-time Soft Crinkle Activity Book

taf toys koala infant tummyby Taf Toys

SOFT BABY BOOK with two sides for two developmental stages and crinkle filling for ultimate sensation. STAGE 1: (0m+) – Soft baby crinkle activity book for practicing Tummy-time from day one with book’s high contrast colors, huge baby safe mirror and face drawing that allow baby to focus on one image at a time and minimize stimulation. STAGE 2 (3m+) – Rich colors, textures and 3D activities including a cute baby koala teether and a play pocket to develop baby’s fine motor skills.